Fort Worth

December 5, 2013

Icy roads lead to wrecks across Tarrant County

A seven-vehicle pileup on eastbound Interstate 20 in Forest Hill shut down freeway, police report.

Numerous wrecks were reported Thursday night as freezing rain turned to ice on overpasses.

Seven vehicles piled up about 9 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 20 in Forest Hill, and a rush-hour wreck involved about 15 vehicles on Texas 121 in Grapevine, police reported.

The Grapevine mess was cleared up by about 8:30 p.m.

The Forest Hill cleanup continued late into the night. The vehicles included two big rigs, police Chief Dan Dennis said.

In that chain of collisions, only three people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, said Matt Zavadsky, a MedStar spokesman.

About 9:30 p.m., Dennis said eastbound I-20 was closed and westbound lanes were “at a crawl.”

And while all that was going on, emergency crews in Forest Hill were also treating a woman who fell from I-20 onto railroad tracks below.

“I don’t yet know if she was in a vehicle, but she was not in a vehicle when she fell,” Dennis said.

The woman was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, he said.

“It is a very busy night,” he said. “We are working at least a half-dozen accidents at this time. People should definitely stay off the roads as much as possible.”

Capt. Charles Ramirez, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said officers were working numerous wrecks, and most of the trouble was on icy overpasses.

But, he said, “Believe it or not, it hasn’t been too bad.”

However, officers expected more trouble throughout the night as temperatures continued to fall, he said.

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